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Mother in Law Report: Pt. 1 Balboa

JudiAU | Dec 23, 200311:53 AM

My MIL flew into town for the Christmas holiday.

Important facts about my MIL:
she lives in a small town
she likes to eat
she likes to drink
and she likes to treat.


She stayed at the Grafton Hotel the first night so we met her there for dinner. My skepticism was running high as we entered Balboa restaurant. I couldn't find any detailed postings on the site and I was thinking about all of the *other* steaks I like in town.

I have rarely, if ever, been so surprised by a meal. Our meal was excellent in every respect. Service was finely tuned and we were delighted to find out the wine list is half off Sunday nights!

My husband was very impressed with his 40 day aged strip steak. My 28-day aged rib eye was excellent. Good filet, good creamed spinach, nicely charred shrimp cocktail, tender escargot, and a very credible Caesar tossed tableside. [ Note: I asked for extra garlic and anchovy. I can't imagine what it would have tasted like without that request.]

But the kicker:

I enjoyed quite possibly the best lobster I have ever eaten in LA.

Sublime lobster. Tender lobster. Juicy, succulent, buttery, roasty mind blowing good lobster with tiny bits of char at the end that in no way toughened the meat.

This lobster was beyond good, beyond fresh, and rivaled all of the lobsters I ate over the summer in Maine at lobster pounds.

I was stunned. How on earth did a trendy steakhouse come to make such great lobster?

Cost: God knows. The steaks ranged in price from $25-38. First courses were around $10. My surf and turf extravaganza was $60, which included $30 for steak and $30 for half of what I believe was a two pound lobster.

Expensive as hell. I ate my Caesar salad, devoured my lobster, and ate three bites of steak. Next time, lobster only.

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